Which EBs have the nicest offices and perks?

Bored during quarantine so thought we could get a light discussion started on which EB has the nicest physical presence.

List the EB, office location and office perks (number of floors, open space, cafeteria, free snacks, gym in building, etc.). I'm at a BB in NYC, whose offices are old and in need of some TLC, so seeing who all have it better haha

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:07pm

Not an EB as a whole, but the group is top tier. I've heard HL RX gets $70 a day for meals so they can split that between lunch and dinner

  • Intern in IB - Restr
Apr 26, 2020 - 2:36pm

HL FRG gets $85 in NY for the day, not 70. Pretty sure this spans across all locations - but only for rx and not M&A

  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:10pm

Gugg has their own. Think GM Building (so PWP would be the EB there), has a gym in it as well

  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:09pm

LOL random topic, but curious to hear responses.
Have heard Evercore's NYC offices are a little drab - nice location in Blackrock building though. Read somewhere that they recently expanded their lease (+300K sq/ft) and have a decent number of floors now

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:15pm

Have heard this too but never visited! What about their office makes it beautiful? Would imagine 30 Rock is a pain with all the tourists tho :p

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:42pm

As a former analyst, can confirm! 64 is the client floor and banking groups have a few floors directly below with an interconnecting staircase. North side overlooks Central Park and south side has great views of the city

  • Analyst 1 in CorpFin
Apr 24, 2020 - 12:01pm

Sounds like you're overdoing it a bit there. One of those should be able to get you through the night.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:37pm

Lazard's is not only 30 Rock, but offices are at the top. Great views of Central Park from a few of the conference rooms.

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:42pm

Small windows though... i joke but it's true, gorgeous mahogany wood everywhere was tiny windows in every room

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:43pm

PJT's is niceee too. A lot of white marble, but I dig it. Good location at 280 Park (just expanded to another floor), and they have that interconnecting staircase which I'd rather take any day instead of getting on an elevator to get to the next floor

  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:48pm

Yeah never thought of this until now, but why do bankers love this interconnecting staircase? I've seen it at a couple shops (PJT, PWP), I'm sure some others have it too. Is it for easier access or maybe higher security (can't drop documents in an elevator, for example)?

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 24, 2020 - 11:26am

Not banking of course but Warburg has and incredible glass-encased staircase right in the middle of their office

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:45pm

At PJT we have nearly everything made by famous designers haha, we are literally the most luxurious bankers on the street

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 3:41pm

Moelis office in NY is getting completely redone, and they're adding another floor with staircase. A friend who works there said he saw a mockup and it's supposed to be very swanky with emphasis on natural light / plants and shit. Apparently it's currently pretty meh with very little natural light. Can confirm PJT office is very nice with lots of white marble all around - bullpen is standard

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 4:15pm

TPH has one of the nicest, recently redone and has a gym/food. EVR and Simmons are also very nice.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 5:45pm

Jefferies just moved into a totally new space in the same building they were in before. It's certainly the nicest: tan stone, glass, interconnecting staircase...feels like a high-end spa

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 24, 2020 - 1:15pm

Nice to be in a soothing environment when you're getting reamed at 4am

Apr 25, 2020 - 1:30am

I was wondering about this, so in a corporate real estate building, each floor can be done up completely different from the one below them?

I always thought that all the floor in the same building would have a similar type of layout. How vastly different are the Jefferies' new floors compared to old?

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Apr 24, 2020 - 2:45am

Can confirm TPH has a bad ass office. Client floors are nice and bullpen is pretty well done also. Not to mention a fully stocked pantry.

CS has an awesome view from one of the highest floors (can't remember which building). BAML was nice but didn't blow me away. I believe Moelis just moved offices or had a big renovation done or something.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 4:11am

EVR Houston has the best coffee machine I've seen at any bank. It had like every type of coffee possible and even hot chocolate (the hot chocolate tasted great).

  • Analyst 2 in HF - Other
Apr 29, 2020 - 7:04am

its the old Gucci headquarters as well...

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 6:00pm

alternatively, thoughts on the worst offices (EB or BB)?

  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 6:03pm

DB's pretty old now at 60 Wall St., but should be a lot nicer when they move over to their new Columbus Circle digs

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 10:49pm

Just a lowly intern but from treks/programs/superdays I think the nice offices are: PJT NYC, Centerview NYC (loved their artwork), William Blair Chicago (insane view of the river), Blackstone NYC (I think I was starstruck and in awe of the clout lol). Sculptor/OZ has an amazing amazing view of Central Park too

  • Prospect in IB - CB
Apr 23, 2020 - 11:20pm

not an EB but the Apollo NYC office has the nicest view. kinda stuffy office setting imo like Blackstone, but that Central Park South overview is just beautiful

Apr 26, 2020 - 1:50pm

+1 Leon loves his views at 9 West

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 10:25am

PJT in London have some new interior office space being developed in the same building as HL which is just stunning

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:01am

Recruited all over the street and saw a fair amount of offices (in MBA you go to the offices for coffee chats).

The best office:

PJ Solomon.

I'm telling you it's got PJT style marble and glass, but overlooks central park so you have these stunning conference rooms. Lazard defiantly has the best views of both north and south, but their offices are a bit 1970s - PJS has floor to ceiling glass and you can see all the way to the reservoir.

Went to probably every BB and most EBs, so can comment on specifics if anyone is wondering.

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  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 24, 2020 - 9:10am

Nice! Looking forward to hitting up these offices during upcoming fall recruiting for CBS. Which ones were your favorite / least favorite?

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Apr 24, 2020 - 9:35am

Well, all banks sort of start to look the same from the inside, especially the BBs.

  • MS does have a nice cafeteria and the floor where the Associate Pool sits is a lot of fun, although you need to work in Times Square, so call that a push.

  • JPM is funny, I remember asking "why are there all these framed photos of ships?" and no one knew. They just kind of accepted it as some weird design choice made decades ago.

  • BarCap - about as standard an office as you can get, a bit north of times square so not as bad but Midtown west kinda sucks in general, in my opinion.

    • Credit Suisse - Amazing location, especially when it is warm out. It would also be dope to be able to live in the villages and walk to work. Upstairs...same thing as everyone lol.
  • Citi - interesting location, but a pain to get to if you don't live in WV or Tribeca. They did just finish a really nice renovation and have unreal views of the Hudson. Also have a nice grassy area out front.
  • Guggenheim - they HAD really nice views and a standard office set up but 1 Vanderbilt is slowly cutting off those views as it gets built.
  • Moelis - old school law firm feel.
  • Evercore - Midtown east, standard office layout, nothing super remarkable one way or the other.
  • Lazard - Stunning Views...just stunning. There is also the mall in Rock center to go get Blue Bottle, but getting in and out of rock center kinda sucks, similar to Times Square.
  • GS - Have the nice sky deck lounge area and great views of the harbor. Have a little convenience store and starbucks downstairs.
  • PJT - been talked about, they have a deck too which is nice.
  • GHL - Midtown East, have a deck, standard office layout
  • BAML/DB - Elected not to recruit for these two, though I should have cuz DB's invite only event was at Manhatta.

Would rather not pick favorites cuz again, at 3 AM all these look the same lmao

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  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 24, 2020 - 9:12am

Anyone have views on PWP NYC office? Heard they lost their access to Weil Gotshal's cafeteria after a legal dispute loll bummer

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 7:40pm

That's correct, not sure if/when they'll regain access. My buddy there said losing access was brutal

  • Intern in IB - Restr
Apr 24, 2020 - 9:56am

Blair's new building is awesome – great view of the river and city. Houlihan has a nice building, tons of marble and an interconnecting staircase. I know Lincoln/BAML are going to be in a new building next year so that will be pretty cool as well.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 24, 2020 - 1:41pm

I mean it clearly is not even close at this point, not sure why senior members are now trying to be a part of the joke or something. Comes across as pretty cringy. It's not 2015 anymore.

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 12:48pm

Evercore in Menlo is dope. Very modern with lots of glass and natural light everywhere. It's surrounded by trees and has views of the hills. Sucks that it's not in SF proper but is a good trade off.

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 25, 2020 - 1:47am

KKR Menlo Park is great. It's like an old school country club with a gourmet dining hall and smoothies delivered to your desk.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 7:42pm

Not an EB but Bain Cap's Boston offices are unreal. 43rd floor views from 200 Clarendon, in-house barista and cafeteria

Apr 27, 2020 - 9:59am

Based on experience and discussions with peers in Chicago:

Lazard, GTCR, and Moelis are in a beautiful building off of LaSalle. Moelis has a gorgeous view of the neighborhoods and coast north of downtown Chicago. Floor-to-ceiling windows, 40+ stories up.

BAML and BMO are both moving into new buildings over the next several years. I haven't seen plans for these buildings, but I am confident that they will be nice.

As others have mentioned, Blair's building affords insane views of the bend in the river. The lobby in their building is beautiful as well. Linden and PWP are also tenants in this same building. Baird, while in one of the older buildings in downtown Chicago, has completed renovation of their workspace--quite nice. JPM, CS, Barclays, and Citi are your run-of-the-mill offices.

Has anyone in Chicago heard of Pritzker's, Thoma's, Citadel's, and MDP's set-ups?

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Apr 27, 2020 - 1:27pm

Any banks gonna be in One Vanderbilt? That will have sick views

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  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 27, 2020 - 2:03pm

TD Bank is moving its US HQ to One Vanderbilt. They're going to have ~4-5 floors dedicated to TD Securities, of which a couple will be for IB.

Not IB, but Carlyle (PE) is moving there as well, from what I hear

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:50pm

Doesn't really count since it isn't a bank (much less an EB) but I got to hang out in Table's offices once (Ackman Family Office). That place was as fucking sick as fucking sick gets; complete with Bill's personal tennis court on the roof.

  • Summer Associate in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2020 - 8:10am

This. Don't think it's a competition. Every month they rotate items and art from the family collection, an in house family archive on site. It's insane.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Apr 28, 2020 - 11:48am

Rennovated BAML office in Palo Alto is going to beautiful if you don't mind a suburban location

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:54am

BNY Mellon has a great lobby at 200 Vesey. Tons of marble.

Debt isn't the only thing distressed at this shop

  • Intern in IB - Cov
May 28, 2021 - 4:21pm

The views and location are nice, but they could get a newer building. Windows are pretty narrow. 

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